4 Myths About Braces

4 Myths About Braces

There's lots of misinformation about braces and orthodontic process, especially online, and this often makes people avoid treatment altogether, or relapse treatment they’ve already had. Here, we’d like to clear up 5 common myths about braces.

1. People only get braces for aesthetic reasons.

An attractive, even smile is an enormous benefit to getting orthodontic treatment, but it's not the only one. There are many health benefits to orthodontic treatment too!

Straight teeth are much easier to clean and maintain, for instance, than misaligned teeth are, since there aren't as many crevices for food particles and plaque to build up in.

Misaligned teeth can make eating difficult, and over time they can cause an uneven wear pattern because they grind unevenly.

2. Braces are for kids and teenagers; I want to straighten my teeth, I’ve missed my chance.

Anyone who has healthy teeth can benefit from orthodontic treatment! Age isn’t a barrier to orthodontic treatment.

The fundamental process that allows teeth to move and change position is the same for children, teens and adults alike. These days, there are many low-profile, virtually invisible braces options available, so that you don’t have to worry about looking unprofessional or 'too young', or having your braces interfere in other ways in your day to day life.

3. Rubber bands are the least important part of my treatment, so I don’t really need to keep them on all the time.

This myth is very common, but it's completely wrong, and can cause a lot of problems. Although elastics are not made of metal like many of the other parts of your braces, they do play a very important role.

The rubber bands move your top teeth and your bottom teeth in relation to each other, so that they sit comfortably together, improving your bite.

You must wear your elastics full time, as prescribed, to make sure your treatment proceeds according to plan. Otherwise, you’re just stalling your progress!

4. My teeth have shifted after treatment. This means my orthodontist didn’t do a good job.

Having undergone orthodontic treatment doesn’t mean that your teeth won’t shift out of position over time.

This is why you wear a retainer! Just after your orthodontic treatment is complete, you'll wear your retainer full time. Once your orthodontist gives you the go-ahead, you can move to part-time wear, but you should always wear your retainer, at least periodically.

If you have questions about facts vs. fiction when it comes to braces, contact Ridge Meadows Orthodontics today!

Book your first orthodontic consultation today at myOrthodontist Maple Ridge.